Rega Bias 2 Cartridge
Rega entered the cartridge market in the early 80's and now has six moving-magnet designs. All cartridges are hand made by Rega utilizing custom coil winding techniques and ultra high precision molded bodies. The Rega cartridge is a one piece molding made of Pocan, a polymer with a hardness greater than industrial aluminum. Most cartridges loose high frequency energy by the movements generated in many joints created in conventional manufacturing. Most cartridges have five or six joints between the stylus mounting and the cartridge/headshell face. Rega cartridges have none! Most cartridges have to allow for large tolerances when manufacturing automatically with a reasonable gap of 0.7mm between the moving magnet and the pole pieces. This gap on Rega cartridges is only 0.25mm, much lower than any moving magnet cartridge we have tested.
New Bias 2 and Elys 2The new Bias 2 and Elys 2 cartridges offer outstanding sound quality and value for money. Both of these proprietary designs use new parallel wound coils and pivot pads improving detail and accuracy. They also offer Rega’s unmatched level of mechanical integrity with no removable stylus to muddy musical waters and, in the Elys 2, a three point mounting is used for even greater rigidity.
Design – No Energy Sapping JointsThe Exact shares the same body molding as the rest of the new Rega cartridge range. The body molding is a one-piece body and has no energy sapping joints between the stylus mounting and headshell contact face. The headshell face is machined perfectly flat to ensure maximum contact between the cartridge and headshell.
Coil Winding – One-Third Less WireRega has designed and developed its own coil-winding machine allowing them to manufacture coils in a completely new and innovative way. This means approximately one third less wire is used than in Rega’s previous cartridges producing a more efficient and reduced mass cartridge.
Packing – More for the CartridgeRega has not tried to create a false impression of product expense by using elaborate packaging. By using the simplest and inexpensive cartridge carton possible, yet still avoiding transit damage, Rega spends more on the cartridge itself - ensuring better value.
Assembly – Hand CraftedDue to the design and extremely high tolerances of Rega cartridges, the assembly methods are more akin to watch making than to a mass production assembly line. Every cartridge is hand built. The highly skilled operatives use little more than tweezers and microscopes.
Each cartridge is then adjusted and tested twice during a 24-hour period. Such methods are expensive and time consuming but Rega feels the result is worth it. We know you will too!
Ratings & Reviews
It's okay I guess. It came with the upgrade kit for the RP1. It music was not refined, and I have since replaced it with an Audio Technica AT-7V. I don't think the Bias is worth the money it cost, and you cannot replace the stylus should you damage it.
by Newbie John
I never knew my old vinyl records packed so much depth of sound until I upgraded my stock turntable's cartridge to the Rega Bias 2. Good value price/point. Would buy again.
by Mike M.
I put this on my Rega P3, and at the first start, I was understanding what people were saying about it being dry. BUT....once it breaks in, it's INTOXICATING on the Rega RB300 arm and P3 turntable. Truly, these three products were made for each other. If you are NEW to the turntable world, I would highly recommend getting a Rega Turntable with a cartridge pre-mounted, because trust me, you'll save yourself alot of stress and strain having it down for you. I LOVE this cartridge, and when this one wears out, I'll upgrade to the Elys. Give it time to break it, and you'll be swept into the glory of analog!!!!
What a huge difference this cartridge made to my Rega Planar 3 turntable. I bought my turntable used from a dealer and it came with a mediocre needle on it. I thought the player sounded great even with the old needle, but now that I have this beauty on there it is outstanding! I love it!